Sore back after surgery

on 11/28/13 7:30 am - Canada

I had surgery on Monday and have had a very sore mid back since Tuesday AM. I think perhaps it has something to do with constipation and gas. My son got me a heat pad and I am taking my tylenol and painkillers as well. I can't get comfortable in any position..... apart from that everything has been going very well. I had AMAZING care at the Ottawa Civic (I was acttually reluctant to leave!!!!)

Any advice???

Initial referral: March 21, 2013; Orientation: April 26, 2013 (OWMC); Nurse Practitioner: July 10, 2013; Nut/Beh: July 15, 2013; Pre-op Class: September 18, 2013; Internist: September 18, 2013; Surgeon: October 1, 2013; Surgery: November 25, 2013 (Dr. Yelle)



on 11/28/13 8:09 am

So glad to hear everything went well - I have only heard good things about the surgery care in Ottawa.  Sorry I do not have post-op experience but from this group I have hear many say that walking around helps a lot.  Good luck and hope you have a nice speedy recovery.

Highest: 291 (Aug/13), Surgery: 255 (Aug/14), Current: 140 (Sept/16)  

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. - Soren Kierkegaard

Katie M.
on 11/28/13 8:17 am - Georgetown, Canada
RNY on 10/18/13

I found standing in a really hot shower with the water on my back helped with any gas pain. And the constipation after surgery is nuts, that first bowel movement is not fun but keep taking any stool softeners you were prescribed and try adding Senekot (or milk of magnesium, etc) if you need to. Lying down was tough for me too - I spent a lot of time in a recliner :)

Glad to hear surgery went well! 

Referral May 2013 / orientation at TWH June 27 / nurse practitioner July 3 / social worker August 19 / nutrition class August 26 / nutritionist August 30 / psychologist September 3 / meet surgeon (Dr. Penner) September 20 / PATTS October 10 / Surgery October 18 2013!  


on 11/28/13 8:18 am - Canada

I had a sore back too and it was mostly constipation. It helped to get a sleeping pad and sleep almost sitting up on lots of pillows. I couldn't sleep on my side for awhile. Great to hear you are doing good!

Surgery date is Oct. 17th, 2013 in Ottawa. I was referred to the clinic in September 2012. The person performing my surgery is Dr Amy Neville. 


Caroline K.
on 11/28/13 8:54 am

While heat may feel good, you may want to consider applying some ice to help numb the area. It's not fun, especially in winter, but I found it always helped...

on 11/28/13 6:37 pm - North Bay, Canada

Glad to hear your surgery went well, speedy recovery and hopefully this back pain subsides soon.

RNY - Dec 18/2013

 HW- 333 lbs. Approved for Surgery- 285.4 SW- 272.  GW-160-180


on 11/28/13 7:33 pm
RNY on 12/05/13

Very glad to hear from you! 

I hope the discomfort ends soon!

Jo ~  HW:297 SW: 279.6  GW:160 ~ Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at this moment!!  Dr Amy Neville Dec 5, 2013         


on 11/29/13 10:11 am - Canada

I hope you feel better soon.  I dnt have any advice for you cause I dnt have surgery till next week but maybe someone could gently  rub your back?


  Surgery Date: December 6 2013 Humber River Regional Hospital Dr. Sohi  


on 11/29/13 8:01 pm, edited 11/29/13 8:02 pm - Ottawa, Canada
RNY on 08/11/14

Glad everything went well for you.  Hope you feel better soon.

Referral: June 26, 2013  Confirmation: July 4, 2013  Orientation(OWMC) Sept.13, 2013  Nurse: Dec. 3, 2013  Nut/Beh: Jan. 28, 2014  Pre-surgical class: Feb. 26, 2014  Meet Surgeon: March 18, 2014  PAU: July 11, 2014  Surgery with Dr. Yelle: Aug. 11, 2014              




on 12/1/13 7:50 am - Cobourg, Canada

Hi, I had back ache for probably a good 3 weeks.  I was told by the nurse that it was from the anesthic and it could last longer than mine did.  You will feel better soon



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